Best & Worst Mobile Phones

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in the US has just released its guide to mobile phone radiation. Some of the newest phones on the market may be the most pleasing gadgets to have, but they are also some of the most dangerous in radiation terms, it seems.

You can click onto their site to check out their list of mobiles and PDAs and where they come in the radiation stakes. They are a US organisation so you might not find yours but it’s certainly worth looking at which came out best and which worst. You could always ask your phone provider for their radiation level statistics…

You can also see their top tips for lowering risk, which include texting instead of talking whenever possible, using a speaker and not keeping your phone next to your body (including on the bedside table near your head all night!)

Remember that EWG does a sterling job for no payment and simply asks for donations if you find the information useful. Go to their site at

Here is what they had to say: “New cell phones in 2010 are loaded with new features. For some models, like Motorola’s Droid, Blackberry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One by Google, consumers pay a hidden price: exposure to the highest legal levels of cell phone radiation. You can see for yourself by looking the radiation levels for new 2010 cell phones. Other new phones emit significantly less radiation. Which is which?

You won’t find out from those pricey ad campaigns or even the labels. Makers and vendors aren’t required to disclose their products’ radiation output at point of sale. That’s why EWG has created a user-friendly interactive cell phone radiation list and database, covering more than 1,000 phones now on the market. We’ve updated it with the wireless industry’s latest and greatest offerings for the 2010 market.

We at Environmental Working Group can’t be pried from our cell phones. But we’re troubled by recent studies that have found significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people using cell phones for 10 years or longer. More research is crucial. In the meantime, we think it’s smart for consumers to buy phones with the lowest emissions.

Before you buy, check out devices you’re considering for radiation output. Levels vary widely, from 0 .3 to 1.6, the legal limit, measured in watts per kilogram of body weight, also known as SAR (specific absorption rate), the amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body when using a wireless device phone.

Best and Worst Phones Listing is based on phones currently available from major carriers. You can also see all available phones or all phones (current and legacy) ranked by radiation.”

 BEST PHONES (low radiation)  WORST PHONES (high radiation)
  Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet]   Blackberry 8820 [AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless]
  Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T]   Motorola i880 [Sprint]
  Blackberry Storm 9530 [Verizon Wireless]   Palm Pixi [Sprint]
  Samsung I8000 Omnia II [Verizon Wireless]   Motorola Moto VE440 [MetroPCS]
  Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T]   Motorola i335 [Sprint]
  Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile]   Motorola MOTO VU204 [Verizon Wireless]
  Helio Pantech Ocean [Virgin Mobile]   Blackberry 8703e [Verizon Wireless]
  Sony Ericsson W518a Walkman [AT&T]   Kyocera Jax S1300 [Virgin Mobile]
  Samsung SGH-a137 [AT&T, AT&T GoPhone]   HTC Magic (T-Mobile myTouch 3G) [T-Mobile]
  LG Shine II [AT&T]   Blackberry Bold 9700 [AT&T, T-Mobile]

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